WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will establish an economic road map for rural areas of the United States that includes an emphasis on innovation and technology, including the expansion of high-speed Internet access.
The president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, John Hansen, said he expects The president also emphasizes the serious situation now facing farmers and ranchers.
"First and foremost, we need a president who knows and understands the extent to which agriculture is producing financial problems," Hansen said, citing the price of years of low crop prices they have taken.
Trump will speak at the Annual Convention of the Federation of the United States Bureau of Agriculture in Nashville. Administration officials who advanced the speech said it would be the first time in 26 years that a president has addressed the convention.
While many economic sectors recovered from the economic recession, rural areas of the country have lagged behind in almost all indicators, said Ray Starling, special assistant to the president of Agriculture, Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance in the Economic Council National.
"The administration recognizes that these challenges exist and pledges not to ignore or ignore them," Starling told reporters on Friday. "Then that's number one." There are challenges there. It is real. "
Starling went on to say that there is agreement that a great potential economic driver for the rural areas of the United States is greater connectivity and that the administration will prioritize the expansion of high-speed Internet access.
" That is the seminal finding, but it is not the only one, "he said." They will also listen and read about the problems of quality of life, the rural labor force, technological innovation and, in particular, about the possibilities of biotechnology that we have and other tools that we will have at our disposal to develop the economy. "
Hansen said that improving Internet access has been and continues to be an important issue for the rural areas of the United States, but emphasized that the top priority at this time is to keep those who make a living in the industry.
"While we really support any kind of effort to really help us achieve the promise of high-speed broadband Internet access, it will not help if we do not have anyone out in the country to produce food and fiber," Hansen said, "We are in trouble, and we need a president who understands that and is going to be our lawyer."
He said that means pushing for solid funds in the next five-year agricultural bill, and the current one will expire. later.
The president of the Nebraska Bureau of Agriculture, Steve Nelson, cited the importance of the agricultural bill, particularly in areas such as crop insurance.
Nelson t He also said he would like to hear the president talk about creating a good business environment for agriculture and pointed out that the White House has employed harsh rhetoric about trade.
"We know how important trade is for agriculture and even those comments can send a signal to our foreign buyers that we are not as reliable as they thought they were," Nelson said.
Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, said via email that he will look at how the administration talks about the next agricultural law and how it can open markets abroad.  But he also suggested "Iowa farmers want to know how soon they can restore a healthy health insurance market," Hill said. .